Roy Norville, SPHR, SHRM-SCP—BRSA President

Pactiv – Grottoes Flexible Film--HR/H&S Manager

Roy Norville is a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) with 30 years of human resources and safety management experience. His background includes a wide range of hands-on HR/HS practices including Health & Safety, worker’s compensation, recruitment and staffing, training and development, compensation, employee and labor relations. He has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, scientific research (FFRDC), commercial construction, distribution and non-profit environments. Roy graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and is OSHA 30 trained. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. Roy is the HR/HS Manager for PACTIV in (formerly Reynolds/Alcoa) Grottoes, VA and owns Strategic HR Solutions, LLC an HR and Group Benefits consulting service,

Kevin E. Arnold—BRSA Vice President

Tenneco Automotive - Walker Manufacturing Company

Kevin is the Blue Ridge Safety Association Vice President. Kevin is employed by Tenneco, Walker Manufacturing located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Kevin has been with Walker for over thirty years and is responsible for the safety, health and environmental programs. Walker manufactures automobile exhaust systems including muffler, pipes and catalytic converters. Kevin has also worked as a Production Supervisor and Personnel Administrator with Walker. Kevin is a James Madison University graduate and received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. An active member with local safety networks, Kevin is a founding member of the Blue Ridge Safety Association.

gary-higgsGary W. Higgs—BRSA Treasurer

Graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a BS degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration. Gary was employed with Maphis Chapman Corp. for eight years as an Administrative Assistant to the President and later as Accounting Manager. Retired from Wetsel, Inc. after thirty years of service where he was controller and later Secretary and Treasurer of the company. Responsibilities included managing the accounting and credit departments, preparing monthly financial statements, managing year-end independent financial audits, supervising HR functions, commercial insurance coverage, and administration of Employee Benefits. Gary have also served as Church of the Brethren Congregational Treasurer, Moderator, member of the Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren Board and Investment Advisory Committee.


travis-vanceTravis W. Vance—BRSA Secretary

Travis has tried matters across several industries and various subject matters, including employment litigation, business disputes and matters prosecuted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He uses unique or outside-the-box approaches to counsel employers and owners on all aspects of employment law and the development of preventive policies and procedures to avoid employment and workplace safety-related claims. Travis handles litigation in both federal and state courts as well as claims pending with state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), MSHA, OSHA, and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

He has represented clients in numerous matters pending in either state or federal courts in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia. Travis has also assisted clients in OSHA/MSHA matters pending in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Travis has emerged as a thought leader in the field of workplace safety. His writing and interviews are followed closely by experts in the safety arena and have been featured in premiere publications such as EHS Today, Business Insurance, and The Wall Street Journal.

John Sutton – BRSA Board Member

NIBCO of Virginia, Inc.

Since 2008 John has been the Compliance (EHS) Manager at NIBCO of Virginia, Inc.  Prior to that, John was the Environmental Engineer at AMP/TYCO in Harrisonburg VA for 17 years.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health Science from James Madison University.  John is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and is a Certified Hazard Materials Manager (CHMM).


Lara Hoke—BRSA Board Member

HR & Safety Solutions

Lara Hoke is the owner and consultant for HR & Safety Solutions with a passion for Leadership Development. Her business offers customizable cost-effective solutions for Human Resources & Safety needs. She is a facilitator of the Leadership Foundations © development program. Previously she worked as the HR & Safety Supervisor for Hollister Incorporated and before joining Hollister, she worked at RR Donnelley & Sons in Harrisonburg as the HR Supervisor. Lara is a Bridgewater College graduate and received her Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Human Resources Development from James Madison University. Lara is a founding member of the Blue Ridge Safety Association. She lives in Waynesboro with her husband, Jeff and her daughter, Riley.

John Weisgerber—BRSA Board Member

Dynamic Aviation—Manager of Environmental Compliance and Safety

John has been employed by Dynamic Aviation at their Bridgewater, VA headquarters for over 10 years. He is currently serving as the Manager of Environmental Compliance and Safety and is responsible for Environmental Compliance, Occupational Safety, Emergency Response, and safety related aspects of governmental contract compliance. Prior to working with safety at the company, John served as an Aircraft Maintenance Manager, Field Technical Representative, and is a licensed aircraft mechanic. In addition to his full time work, John has also previously volunteered with a local Rescue Squad and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and emergency vehicle operator.

Wes Dove—BRSA Board Member

Blauch Brothers, Inc. Mechanical Contractors and Dove Development & Consulting

Wes Dove is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) with over 15 years of experience in safety, human resources, and personnel development in manufacturing, mining, and construction. His extensive work in behavior based safety included training and team development throughout North America. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Shenandoah Valley SHRM chapter. Wes studied Human Resource Management at Columbia Southern University. Wes is the Safety & Human Resource Manager for Blauch Brothers, Inc. Mechanical Contractors in Harrisonburg, VA and owns Dove Development & Consulting,

Linda Gail Johnson, RN, BSN, MPH, COHN-S —BRSA Board Member

Currently serving as a BRSA Board Member. Served as System Director for Employee
Health Services in Kentucky for 2 years, Director of Community and Corporate Health
for a non-profit health system's community and corporate health program for 22
years, Executive Director of a non-profit community health system's reverse
foundation for 8 years, and Director of a community-wide health initiative called
WOW (Working on Wellness) for 10 years. Linda is also served as an independent
consultant providing health and safety leadership to local employers, including
manufacturing facilities, construction companies, and government agencies ad was a
partner in a nurse-owned occupational health services business. Linda was also a
Nursing Supervisor, Critical Care Staff Nurse, Public Health Nurse, and adjunct
faculty at Blue Ridge Community College. Linda earned her B.S. in Nursing from
Eastern Mennonite University and Master of Public Health Degree--Public Health
Leadership/Occupational Health from the University North Carolina.


Katelyn Haupt—BRSA Project Coordinator

Graduate of Alderson Broaddus University with a B.S. in Biology, B.S. in
Environmental Science, and Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Currently an Environmental Specialist II at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and an Environmental Compliance & Safety (EC&S) Administrative Assistant at Dynamic Aviation. Present BRSA Project Coordinator responsible for membership
inquiries, public relations communications, and event planning.